Jefferson Community College’s planned tech space gets extra state funding

JCC funding

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Double the money for Jefferson Community College’s planned tech space.

In 2018, the college was awarded $1.2 million by New York State.

The money came as part of Watertown winning funds from Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

Now, the college will get $2.5 million to help bring a new tech space to downtown Watertown, according to Lee Park from the Department of State.

The college is getting the extra funding after developer, Brian Murray, decided not to accept money he was awarded to restore facades to three Franklin Street buildings.

J.C.C.’s tech space will create new programs for community and workforce needs.

There will also be an area for entrepreneurs to design and test new ideas.

A downtown location has not been determined.

Downtown statue also getting money:

Some of that money deferred by Murray will go to protecting the Roswell P. Flower statue on Washington Street in downtown Watertown.

The city is planning to put more barriers around the monument to prevent vehicles from damaging it.

According to Park, the city will receive $100,000 for the project.

He says it was part of Watertown’s initial revitalization proposal in 2018, but was not pursued at the time.

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